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Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Nova' looks at monitor lizards

October 19, 2009 | 11:00 pm

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This week's TV Movies


LIZARD KINGS: 'Nova' follows expert lizard hunter Eric Pianka as he tracks elusive monitor lizards through Australia's heartland at 8 p.m. KCET


NCIS: A practical-joke-loving Marine is found dead (8 p.m. CBS).

The Biggest Loser: The two teams head to the beach to dig for a buried treasure -- tickets home to see their loved ones -- but there's a surprise twist (8 p.m. NBC).

90210: On Halloween, Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) tries to deal with the end of her relationship with Navid (Michael Steger) by channeling the spirit of Marilyn Monroe during a party at the Beverly Hills Beach Club (8 p.m. KTLA).

Shark Tank: On the season finale, a man wants an investment from the sharks to create an extension of his already successful business and a urologist has an unusual business proposal (8 p.m. ABC).

Melrose Place: Ella and Riley (Katie Cassidy, Jessica Lucas) arrive at the Anton V photo shoot and meet the photographer (Daphne Zuniga), who tries to persuade Riley to do a topless shoot (9 p.m. KTLA).

Dancing With the Stars: Contestants dance to Michael Jackson's music in a tribute to the King of Pop (9 p.m. ABC).

Frontline: Producer-director Michael Kirk sifts through the ashes of the economic meltdown. Focusing on the roles played by former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and former Treasury secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers reveals a bitter battle within the Clinton administration and an effort not to regulate the derivatives market, which became a ticking economic time bomb (9 p.m. KCET).

Dirty Jobs: Mike travels to San Francisco, where he removes and recycles toilets (9 p.m. Discovery).

Independent Lens: The documentary "Butte, America" tells the stories of five generations of mining families in Butte, Mont., once the world's largest producer of copper. Gabriel Byrne narrates (10 p.m. KCET).


The Children's Hour: In this 1961 drama based on Lillian Hellman's play, Audrey Hepburn stars as a teacher at a private girls school. When she punishes one of the students (Karen Balkin) for a lie, the child seeks revenge and accuses her of being in a relationship with a female teacher (Shirley MacLaine) (3 p.m. TCM).

The Goonies: A group of adolescent misfits undertakes a harrowing mission to recover the booty of a notorious 17th century pirate in this 1985 children's classic. Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman, Jeff Cohen and Kerri Green star (7:30 p.m. ABC Family).

Charlie Bartlett: A young psychologist (Anton Yelchin) offers advice to his high school peers in this 2007 comedy (8 p.m. Showtime).

Stripes: Bill Murray stars as a wry recruit in director Ivan Reitman's 1981 service comedy. Harold Ramis portrays his best buddy, who decides to enlist in the Army with him, and Warren Oates is cast as their strict sergeant. With John Candy (10:30 p.m. AMC).


Soccer: Liverpool vs. Olympique Lyonnais (11:30 a.m. FSN).

Baseball: The American League Championship Series Game 4: The New York Yankees visit the Angels (4:30 p.m. Fox).

NBA preseason basketball: The Golden State Warriors vs. the Lakers (7 p.m. KCAL).

Photo: Gisela Kaufmann / PBS